Maroon5 scores its first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" enters atop the chart with 429,000 ... Ozzy Osbourne hits a new career high on The Billboard 200 with "Black Rain" ... Young Jeezy and his U.S.D.A. partners climb into the top five, as does the Used ... the "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" soundtrack does blockbuster business, naturally ... the Bravery returns with its second album ... the Beach Boys notch their 48th entry on The Billboard 200 ... Rancid's Tim Armstrong strikes with his solo debut ... Big & Rich finally nab a top 10 on Hot Country Songs ... Rihanna keeps rising at CHR/Top 40 ... Smashing Pumpkins look smashing on the Alternative/Modern Rock radio chart.




FLASH POINTS



• For the first time since last September, we've now had two weeks in a row where the top-selling album shifted more than 400,000. Of course, last week, Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" bowed atop The Billboard 200 with the year's biggest sales week -- 623,000. This week, Maroon5 earns its first No. 1 album as "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" claims the chart's pole position with 429,000. The band's debut set, "Songs About Jane," was released in 2002, bowed on The Billboard 200 in 2003 and lingered on the tally for 109 weeks, peaking at No. 6 in 2004. Its best sales week came during the Christmas frame of 2004, when it shifted 138,000 ... Also, by selling 102,000 digital copies of "It Won't," the band sets a new watermark for the biggest week for a digital album. It beats the record of 84,000, which Linkin Park's "Minutes" just set last week ... Maroon5's new album's lead single, "Makes Me Wonder," already hit No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 -- another first for the band. VH1 is a big supporter, as the channel played the video for "Makes Me Wonder" 44 times during the week ending May 27, making it the most-played clip on the network. The single is still growing at radio, where it's bulleted at Nos. 6 and 4 on the CHR/Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts, respectively ... Previous to the album's release, the band performed on Nickelodeon's "Kids Choice Awards" (March 31), "Saturday Night Live" (May 19), "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (May 21) and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (May 23).

• Ozzy Osbourne's first studio album in nearly six years gives the legend his highes-charting set, as "Black Rain" bows at No. 3 with 152,000 units. That's not quite 1,000 less than his SoundScan-high week of 153,000 when "Down to Earth" started at No. 4 in 2001 ... Figure that the solid sales for the new album are owed partially to a hot single ("I Don't Wanna Stop") and how a limited run of the set contained an offer that increased one's chances to secure tickets for the Ozzfest tour, which may explain why 24% of the album's first-week sales came from Internet retailers. Why roll the dice with going to a brick-and-mortar store and hoping they had the limited edition in stock when one could pre-order that set online? "I Don't Wanna Stop" is spending its sixth week at No. 1 on the Rock radio airplay chart (formerly known as the Heritage Rock chart). Osbourne's chart career dates back almost 37 years to Black Sabbath's self-titled set bowing on The Billboard 200 Aug. 29, 1970 ... At No. 4 on The Billboard 200, Young Jeezy's U.S.D.A. enters with 95,000. The trio, comprising Jeezy, Slick Pulla and Blood Raw, also starts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The set features a remix of Jeezy's hit single "Go Getta," featuring R. Kelly, Jadakiss and Bun B.

• Rock band the Used debuts at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 with 92,000 units. The "Lies for the Liars" album is the act's follow-up to 2004's "In Love and Death," which started at No. 6 with 93,000. The group's single "The Bird and the Worm" already peaked at No. 11 on the Alternative/Modern Rock radio chart, making it the band's highest-charting single on that tally ... The "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" soundtrack blows in at No. 14 on The Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on Top Soundtracks with 35,000. That's the series' highest-charting set on the big chart and its best sales week. The first album did 16,000 in its highest week; the second installment shifted 30,000 in its best frame. The first two soundtracks peaked at Nos. 75 and 22 on The Billboard 200 and Nos. 6 and 3 on Top Soundtracks ... U.S.D.A. isn't the only rap trio to bow this week, as Lil Boosie, Webbie and Foxx start at No. 17 on The Billboard 200 with "Survival of the Fittest." The album also begins at No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

• Other debuts on The Billboard 200 include the Bravery's second album, "The Sun and the Moon," at No. 24 with 22,000. The act's self-titled debut opened at No. 18 with 34,000 in 2005. The Beach Boys notch their 48th entry on The Billboard 200 as the compilation "The Warmth of the Sun" bows at No. 40 with 14,000. Alacranes Musical claims its highest-charting album and best sales week as "Ahora Y Siempre" starts at No. 47 on The Billboard 200 with 13,000. It also naturally bows at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums. It's the act's first No. 1 on the latter chart. Rancid's Tim Armstrong's solo debut album, "A Poet's Life," bows at No. 59 on The Billboard 200 with 11,000, despite Armstrong releasing all of the album's tracks online for free download.



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New MAROON 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long (A&M / Octone / Interscope) *11 12 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG)
2 1 LINKIN PARK Minutes To Midnight (Machine Shop / Warner Bros.) 12 2 TANK Sex Love & Pain (Blackground / Universal Motown / UMRG)
*3 New OZZY OSBOURNE Black Rain (Epic / Sony Music) 13 4 WILCO Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch / Warner Bros.)
*4 New YOUNG JEEZY PRESENTS U.S.D.A. Cold Summer: The Authorized Mixtape (Corporate Thugz / Def Jam / IDJMG) *14 New SOUNDTRACK Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (Walt Disney )
*5 New THE USED Lies For The Liars (Reprise / Warner Bros.) 15 9 BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY Strength & Loyalty (Full Surface / Interscope)
*6 10 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG) 16 13 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
7 3 MICHAEL BUBLE Call Me Irresponsible (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.) *17 New LIL BOOSIE, WEBBIE, & FOXX Survival Of The Fittest (Trill / Asylum)
*8 11 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG) *18 18 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am / A&M / Interscope)
9 6 AVRIL LAVIGNE The Best Damn Thing (RCA / RMG) 19 15 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
10 7 NE-YO Because Of You (Def Jam / IDJMG) 20 16 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 24 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 8.35 million units
• DOWN 3.2% from last issue's charts: 8.59 million units
• DOWN 16.7% from same week, 2006: 9.98 million units
• This week: The top three albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Dixie Chicks bowed atop the chart with "Taking the Long Way," selling 526,000. The "American Idol Season 5: Encores" set bowed at No. 3 with 154,000 while Angels & Airwaves' debut effort started at No. 4 with 127,000. The top five albums each sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 10 album this week, Ne-Yo's "Because of You" (Def Jam/IDJMG), sold 41,000.
• The No. 10 album for the same week of 2006, Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" (Arista/Arista Nashville), sold 65,000.
• Average total of the No. 10 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 76,450.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• After more than three years and 11 charted singles, Big & Rich finally crack the top 10 on Hot Country Songs with "Lost in This Moment," which gains 1.8 million audience impressions and rises 12-9 ... The quirky duo just missed a top 10 when the highly commercial (871,000 digital downloads and counting) "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" stopped at No. 11 on the Aug. 7, 2004, chart. The new single introduces "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace," due at retail June 5 ... Big & Rich's chart count includes three collaborative outings with Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson, Hank Williams Jr. and Van Zant. As a former member of Lonestar, Big & Rich's John Rich has also charted a pair of solo singles: "I Pray for You" (2000) and "Forever Loving You" (2001).

• The Smashing Pumpkins extend their record string of consecutive top 10 hits at Alternative to 17 as "Tarantula" blasts 30-5. After falling shy of the top 10 with its first two charting tracks, the Billy Corgan-led group's streak started in July 1993 when "Cherub Rock" peaked at No. 7. The Pumpkins' prior top 10 was "Stand Inside Your Love," seven years and two months ago ... Blink-182 holds the second-longest consecutive top 10 string at 10 (from July 1999 to July 2004), and Linkin Park has the next-longest active streak of six straight top 10s ... "Tarantula" earns Most Increased Plays and Airpower stripes at Alternative and Active Rock, debuting at No. 14 on the latter list.


• While Pink holds at No. 1 for a fourth week on the CHR/Top 40 chart, Rihanna pops 12-8 with "Umbrella." It's the latter singer's sixth top 10 out of seven tries -- only last year's "We Ride" missed the top 10. (It clunked at No. 34.) It's expected that with the digital single release of "Umbrella" last Tuesday, the single should rise to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 once the list is compiled later today. If it hits No. 1 on the Hot 100, it will be her second chart-topper after 2006's "SOS" ... On the Triple A chart, Ryan Adams' "Two" debuts at No. 22. It's the singer/songwriter's fourth single to reach the chart. His highest-charting single is 2001's "New York, New York," which spent three weeks at No. 1 that year. "Two" is the lead single from "Easy Tiger," due June 26.





Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New YOUNG JEEZY PRESENTS U.S.D.A. Cold Summer: The Authorized Mixtape (Corporate Thugz / Def Jam / IDJMG)
2 1 TANK Sex Love & Pain (Blackground / Universal Motown / UMRG)
*3 New LIL BOOSIE, WEBBIE, & FOXX Survival Of The Fittest (Trill / Asylum)
4 2 NE-YO Because Of You (Def Jam / IDJMG)
5 4 BOBBY VALENTINO Special Occasion (DTP / Def Jam / IDJMG)
6 3 BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY Strength & Loyalty (Full Surface / Interscope)
7 5 MUSIQ SOULCHILD Luvanmusiq (Atlantic / AG)
8 7 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
9 9 AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG)
10 8 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 2 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
2 3 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
3 1 GRETCHEN WILSON One Of The Boys (Columbia / SBN)
4 4 TIM MCGRAW Let It Go (Curb )
5 5 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
6 7 MIRANDA LAMBERT Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Columbia / SBN)
7 8 ALISON KRAUSS A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection (Rounder )
8 6 MARTINA MCBRIDE Waking Up Laughing (RCA / SBN)
9 10 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
10 9 BLAKE SHELTON Pure BS (Warner Bros. / WRN)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Heatseekers

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New CA$HIS The County Hounds EP (Shady / Interscope)
*2 5 BOYS LIKE GIRLS Boys Like Girls (Columbia / Sony Music)
3 3 EMERSON DRIVE Countrified (Montage / Midas)
4 4 PETER BJORN AND JOHN Writer's Block (AlmostGold )
5 8 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE The Poison (Trustkill )
6 6 COLD WAR KIDS Robbers & Cowards (Downtown )
*7 New BATTLES Mirrored (Warp )
8 9 JOHNNY VICIOUS ThriveMix Presents: Dance Anthems (ThriveDance / Thrive)
9 12 UNK Beat'n Down Yo Block (Big Oomp / Koch)
10 11 SAY ANYTHING ...Is A Real Boy (Doghouse / J / RMG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 5 MAROON 5 Songs About Jane (Octone / J / RMG)
2 1 MICHAEL BUBLE It's Time (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
*3 6 KELLY CLARKSON Breakaway (RCA / RMG)
4 4 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / Interscope)
5 2 LINKIN PARK [Hybrid Theory] (Warner Bros. )
*6 10 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Wicked (Decca Broadway / Universal Classics Group)
7 8 BON JOVI Cross Road (Mercury / UMe)
*8 11 PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Capitol )
9 9 MICHAEL BUBLE Michael Buble (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
10 7 RASCAL FLATTS Feels Like Today (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week




A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: R. Kelly's "Double Up," Jason Aldean's "Restless" and Cary Brothers' "Who You Are."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" clung to No. 1 for a second week with 271,000. The highest debut on the chart was way down at No. 103 with Peeping Tom's self-titled album selling 10,000. The top two albums each sold more than 100,000 units.

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